Mathematician:William Stanley Jevons

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English economist and logician.

Pioneered the mathematical approach to the study of economics.

Refined and developed George Boole's algebra of classes.




  • Born: 1 September 1835 in Liverpool, England
  • Died: 13 August 1882 in Hastings, England

Inventions and Innovations

Definitions of concepts named for William Stanley Jevons can be found here.


  • 1862: A General Mathematical Theory of Political Economy
  • 1863: A Serious Fall in the Value of Gold
  • 1864: Pure Logic; or, the Logic of Quality apart from Quantity
  • 1865: The Coal Question
  • 1869: The Substitution of Similars
  • 1870: Elementary Lessons on Logic
  • 1871: The Theory of Political Economy
  • 1880: Studies in Deductive Logic
    • 1884: Studies in Deductive Logic (2nd Edition)
  • 1882: The State in Relation to Labour

Notable Quotes

Can the reader say what two numbers multiplied together will produce the number $8616460799$? I think it unlikely that anyone but myself will ever know.
-- The Principles of Science: A Treatise on Logic and Scientific Method, $1874$